The Marine Corps Training Experience: Correlates of Platoon Attrition Rate Differences
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Substantial variation in attrition rates among Marine Corps basic training platoons may provide a means of identifying organizational factors affecting attrition. This study employed two recruit cohorts to replicate initial findings that platoon attrition level was independent of recruit characteristics and platoon performance level and compare high and low attrition platoons with regard to leadership style and stress. Platoons were classified as low, medium, or high attrition based upon the attrition rate among recruits who began their basic training with the platoon. The initial results were replicated and high and low platoons did not differ with respect to leadership or stress. These results confirm that substantial variation in platoon attrition levels is a consistent phenomenon in training, but these differences cannot be explained by either recruit characteristics or organizational characteristics investigated to date.
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